After that Jackets game on Thursday, in which they deserved to lose, and did lose, it’s refreshing to see a team get pretty thoroughly outplayed and still come away with the win. That’s what the Buckeyes did last night at the Schott. They jumped out to a seemingly improbable two goal lead in the first which stood up into the second period. But Michigan, who seemed to quite clearly have the more talented team (despite their mediocre record in the CCHA thus far), kept the pressure on, peppering Cal Heeter with shots, and managed to tie it up. They kept piling on the shots in the third period, outshooting Ohio State by a better than 2-to-1 margin. Heeter stood strong in the net, though, and kept the score tied without a lot of help from his teammates. A little after midway through the third period, OSU took the lead, then added an insurance marker. But then, as is their wont, they got into some penalty trouble, and Michigan scored on a 5-on-3 advantage. Heeter managed to hold on, though, and an empty net goal iced it. Win over a hated rival — who can ask for more?
Decent crowd on hand, about 5,000. The upper bowl was still curtained off, but it was a better crowd than I’ve seen at a game there for awhile. Current Blue Jacket and former Buckeye R.J. Umberger was on hand for the ceremonial faceoff, and got a good reception from the fans.
Teams go again tonight at eight at the Schott. Goes without saying that great tickets are still available. I won’t make it to this one, as I’ll be down at Nationwide for the long-awaited (and hopefully cathartic) Adam Foote hatefest.